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Vágner Love levels Levski

Published: Friday 25 November 2005, 0.05CET
PFC CSKA Moskva 2-1 PFC Levski Sofia
Two goals from Vágner Love helped the reigning champions earn a vital first victory in Group H.

Match statistics

CSKA MoskvaLevski

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners9
 
0
Offsides7
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 25 November 2005, 0.05CET

Vágner Love levels Levski

PFC CSKA Moskva 2-1 PFC Levski Sofia
Two goals from Vágner Love helped the reigning champions earn a vital first victory in Group H.

Two second-half strikes from Vágner Love helped reigning champions PFC CSKA Moskva earn a 2-1 UEFA Cup Group F win at home against PFC Levski Sofia.

Vital victory
Having taken just one point from their opening two Group F games, victory against the Bulgarian visitors tonight was crucial for the Moscow club. Brazilian striker Vágner Love struck twice after half-time to give Valeri Gazzaev's men a cushion and they held on despite Valeri Domovchiyski halving their lead late on to move above their opponents and on to four points in the standings.

Cautious opening
The first half was cagey; Levski started the better before CSKA started to emerge as an attacking threat. Levski's Nigerian midfielder Richard Eromoigbe shot wide after 23 minutes and, eleven minutes later, Cédric Bardon forced home goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev into action with a shot from ten metres.

Petkov save
CSKA, recently crowned Russian champions, hit back towards half-time and had several chances to take an interval lead. Elvir Rahimić shot wide from near the penalty spot and then Levski keeper Georgi Petkov produced a fine parry to keep out a Rolan Gusev effort. The best move of the half came two minutes before the interval as CSKA's Brazilian midfielder Daniel Carvalho crossed for countryman Vágner Love but his header was well saved by Petkov.

Opening goal
CSKA's improvement continued after the break and they got their reward after 49 minutes when Vágner Love put them in front with a right-footed shot from ten metres. The 21-year-old striker almost doubled his tally, and CSKA's advantage, two minutes later but his shot was tipped round the post by the impressive Petkov.

Second strike
Levski still carried a threat on the counterattack, however, and Akinfeev had to be alert to parry an Emil Angelov effort three minutes after the opening goal. However, the match was effectively sealed in CSKA's favour when Vágner Love slotted in from ten metres to make it 2-0 in the 73rd minute.

Consolation strike
Levski had their chances to pull goal back, with substitute Milan Koprivarov seeing a shot saved by Akinfeev and another replacement Hristo Yovov heading over the bar. However, they did not score until added time, as Domovchiyski found the target, but CSKA had already done enough to revive their defence of the trophy.

Last updated: 25/11/05 9.54CET

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Lineups

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

levski

Levski

35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
Yellow Card36
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
Yellow Card39
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
8
GusevRolan Gusev
Substitution87
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov (C)
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
Substitution78
6
EromoigbeRichard Eromoigbe
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
Yellow Card66
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Substitution90+1
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
Substitution85
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
28
E. AngelovEmil Angelov
Substitution64
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
17
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Goal90
11
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Goal49
Goal73
27
BardonCédric Bardon
Substitution73

Substitutes

1
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
88
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
13
SamodinSergei Samodin
8
DyakovBogomil Dyakov
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution87
10
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution64
20
DuduDudu
Substitution78
13
BukarevAsen Bukarev
Substitution85
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Substitution90+1
18
IvanovMiroslav Ivanov
39
TaranovIvan Taranov
77
KoprivarovMilan Koprivarov
Substitution73
40
SalughinAleksandr Salughin
5
VergilovAnton Vergilov

Coach

Valeri Gazzaev (RUS) Stanimir Stoilov (BUL)

Referee

Kenneth William Clark (SCO)

Assistant referees

Tom Murphy (SCO), Andy Davis (SCO)

Fourth official

Craig Thomson (SCO)

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